Innovations In The Treatment Of Hip And Knee Arthritis: A Patient Oriented Apprach


This event with Dr. William Cooney is open to the public and free of charge. 

A RSVP is not required but is appreciated. 

To RSVP please call 303.485.4184 or go to

More about this event with Dr. William Cooney: 

Hip and knee arthritis affects people of all ages, Dr. Cooney, as a Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialist who has performed over 3,000 surgeries, will share his unique perspective in helping patients with hip and knee arthritis regain their active lifestyles.  This talk, as well as a question and answer segment, will address innovations in both surgical and nonsurgical management of hip and knee arthritis pain. 

For more information about Dr. Cooney please click here. 

This community event is presented by: logo with LUH web, phone bold- 7453


Two New Orthopedic Doctors Join Front Range Orthopedics & Spine

Dr. Shah and Dr. Wood join Front Range Orthopedics & Spine

Dr. Shah and Dr. Wood join Front Range Orthopedics & Spine

Front Range Orthopedics & Spine is pleased to welcome two board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic specialists to the group:Dr. Nirav Shah and Dr. Peter Wood.  With the addition of Shah and Wood, Front Range Orthopedics now has 15 providers.

“As Longmont grows it is natural we must grow in order to meet the needs of our community,” commented Dave Demchuk, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine CEO.  “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Shah and Dr. Wood to our practice.  With the addition of these two physicians it takes us to the next level of exceptional care we are able to deliver to the Longmont community and the Colorado Front Range.  Dr. Shah and Dr. Wood both bring with them a well-deserved reputation which adds to our respected group of surgeons this community has access to.”

Dr. Shah and Dr. Wood are both fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine specialists who have been in the Longmont community for several years.   Dr. Shah has been practicing in Longmont since 2011 while Dr. Wood has been practicing in Longmont since 1997.

Dr. Shah will be holding clinic in Longmont, Frederick and Lafayette.  Dr. Wood will be holding clinic in Longmont and Frederick.

About Front Range Orthopedics & Spine: Front Range Orthopedics & Spine is dedicated to comprehensive care that empowers patients to keep their bodies in pace with their passions.  With over 42 years in the business and more than 150 years of combined experience, our team of doctors are truly dedicated to ensuring patients receive the highest quality orthopedic care and guidance.  We also understand that proper patient care may take more than one doctor, so our focus is on helping the patient gain access to all doctors and services necessary for a safe and full recovery.  In keeping with our pursuit of excellent, comprehensive health care, we are honored to serve as the orthopedic anchor in Longmont, Frederick and at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette.

Clinic locations

Longmont: 1551 Professional Lane, Ste 200

Lafayette: 300 Exempla Cir, Ste 200

Frederick: 4943 Highway 52, Ste 180

For appointments: 303.772.1600

Nirav Shah, M.D.

Dr. Nirav Shah attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he received his B.A. in Economics.  He went to medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and received his M.D. in 2005. Dr. Shah went on to complete a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Washington School of Medicine and then completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Shah was a team physician for several high school and college sports teams. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Shah is a well-recognized joint replacement surgeon in Colorado, specializing in shoulder replacements, hip replacements and knee replacements.

Dr. Shah joined Front Range Orthopedics & Spine in January of 2015; nonetheless, he has been practicing in Longmont and Boulder County since 2011.  Dr. Shah looks forward to continuing his practice along the Front Range where he lives by his orthopedic care philosophy of “less is more”.

For more information about Dr. Shah, please visit:

Peter D. Wood, M.D.

Dr. Peter Wood is originally from Pasadena, California and is a graduate of the University of California San Diego, he holds a B.S. in biochemistry. Dr. Wood continued on to receive his medical degree and complete an internship and residency at the University of California at the San Diego School of Medicine. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Emory University.  Prior to moving to the Longmont area, Dr. Wood served as Chief of the Orthopedics Department at the Woodland Medical Group in Woodland, California. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and is a board certified orthopedic surgeon.  Dr. Wood has been delivering outstanding orthopedic care to the communities of Longmont and Boulder County since 1997.  Dr. Wood enjoys treating patients from age two to 102 as “it keeps everyday interesting”.  Dr. Wood is also a highly regarded joint replacement surgeon, specializing in knee replacements, hip replacements and shoulder replacements.  He has a natural connection with his joint replacement patients as he too has two hip replacements.

Prior to medical school Dr. Wood served in our U.S. Army for two years.  In his spare time he enjoys his family and the Colorado outdoors.

For more information about Dr. Wood, please visit:

Dr. FitzGibbons and Dr. Koldenhoven Receive Awards

Dr. Robert FitzGibbons (left) and Dr. Gregg Koldenhoven (right) receive medals from Dr. Richard Juday.

Dr. Robert FitzGibbons (left) and Dr. Gregg Koldenhoven (right) receive medals from Dr. Richard Juday.

Front Range Orthopedics & Spine patient, Dr. Richard Juday, awarded Dr. FitzGibbons and Dr. Koldenhoven with his medals he recently won at the 2014 Badminton State Games.

“You’ve heard of ‘re-gifting’ an item at Christmas?  Well, I am expressing my gratitude most recently by ‘re-awarding’ my medals from the July 2014 State Games.” Dr. Juday explained. “The doctors at Front Range have allowed me to maintain a happy and active lifestyle.”

Dr. Juday has been playing competitive badminton, on a national level, since 1960.  “A lifetime sport is good for you but it takes a toll on the body; nonetheless, I can’t stress enough the importance of having a lifetime sport,” Dr. Juday said. Moreover, Front Range Orthopedics & Spine surgeons have contributed to Dr. Juday’s ability to continue to play badminton, hike Colorado’s mountains, mow the lawn and generally keep up with his wife.

Recently Dr. Juday and his wife went on a backpacking trip:  12 miles round trip; 40 pound packs; 2,700 feet in elevation gain.  His left knee (with the replacement) handled the trek like a champ, “I don’t even think about that knee.  It’s strong, stable and pain free,” Dr. Juday commented.  Nonetheless, Dr. Juday is now having issues with his right knee.  Currently, Dr. Koldenhoven is helping manage his right knee with cortisone injections.  There may be a right knee replacement in the future, but Dr. Juday doesn’t seem concerned.

2014 Colorado Badminton Champion, Dr. Richard Juday (in green).

2014 Colorado Badminton Champion, Dr. Richard Juday (in green).

Dr. Juday has lived, and continues to live, life to the fullest.    His confidence in the doctors and staff at Front Range Orthopedics & Spine are proving to meet and exceed his expectations as a patient.  To date he is a patient of Dr. FitzGibbons, Dr. Koldenhoven and Dr. Pater (Dr. Pater has performed a trigger finger release for Dr. Juday).

*Dr. Richard Juday, an electrical engineer retired after 35 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, is the beneficiary of having been taught a lifetime sport, badminton, in his undergraduate days at Rice University.  Although badminton is not the first sport that might come to mind when one hears the word “racquet”, it ranks first among the racquet sports (including tennis, table tennis, squash, and racquetball) when champion-level players have been monitored for heart rate.  These conditions make it so demanding: Play is continuous rather than having, say, all the ball-thumping associated with preparation for service in tennis; the shuttle is hit in the air without being allowed to bounce; the court is open rather than have walls to return the projectile into play, as in racquetball; the court is artfully just so large that a player can barely cover it; effective offensive play is to cause your opponent to move the greatest distance; and service is designedly defensive, to start a long rally in which a positional advantage must be developed, rather than making service aces possible.  

CMC Arthroplasty – Anne Returns To Her Hobbies

Anne Schmitt returns to her hobbies following her CMC Arthroplasty surgery. CMC arthroplasty of the thumb is the common surgical procedure used to treat arthritis of the base of the thumb.

Anne Schmitt returns to her hobbies following her CMC Arthroplasty surgery. CMC arthroplasty of the thumb is the common surgical procedure used to treat arthritis of the base of the thumb.

Anne Schmitt has been playing the piano since she was a little girl.  She also knits, gardens and shows her Australian Shepherds.  As pain started developing in her thumbs, she eventually had to give up the things she enjoyed, “I started getting pain in my thumbs all the time… even picking up a piece of paper would trigger excruciating pain.” 

Anne tried injections and therapy to ease her pain but nothing seemed to help.  “The pain and dysfunction were interfering with my life.  When I couldn’t knit or garden, I knew it was time for surgery.”

In order to get back to the life Anne enjoyed she elected to have surgery, which would provide permanent relief of pain and return to function. 

Following Anne’s surgery, the recovery was five months, “I was in a cast for five weeks and a splint for four weeks.  Dr. Pater warned me that the recovery was long and would be frustrating at times,” Anne said.   Recovery did prove to be frustrating for Anne; nonetheless, as time passed she was gaining function and gratefulness.  “Dr. Pater is my hero because he has made such a difference in my life,” Anne commented.

Today you can find Anne working in her garden or grooming her Aussies.  Anne says it best, “I’m even starting to knit again which is perfect because I’m going to be a grandma.”

About Anne’s Surgery: Arthritis in the thumb joint is extremely common.  CMC arthroplasty of the thumb is the common surgical procedure used to treat arthritis of the base of the thumb.  It is a procedure which involves removing some of the bone at the base of the thumb. Then, a tendon is taken from a different area of the wrist and forearm and used to recreate the important ligament in the thumb and fill the void that is left by removal of the arthritic portion of the bone.  This provides a nice cushion for the thumb to function without pain instead of the “rusty” hinge that is present prior to the procedure from the arthritis. In a typical week Dr. Pater sees several new patients (5-10) with this problem. If things can be done to manage the symptoms such as cortisone, thumb bracing and arthritis medication then that is the preferred treatment option; nonetheless a definitive solution is surgery. Surgery allows permanent relief of pain and return to function. Dr. Pater performs 60-75 of these procedures every year or about 1-2 every week. 

Patient of the Week


Definition of the human spirit of perseverance: Carolyn Lambert

Carolyn Lambert
Surgeon: Dr. William Cooney
Physical Therapist: Erin Blessing
Reason for orthopedic care: double shoulder repair

Carolyn Lambert is more than what meets the eye.   Yes, she came to us to have both her shoulders repaired; however, her story of inspiration runs much deeper. 

Carolyn was the definition of a true athlete.  If there was an Ironman, marathon, triathlon or any long race you can imagine, Carolyn was there.  In her athletic career Carolyn logged over 10,000 miles on a bike alone.

Life can change in an instant… “Out of the blue one day, I had a really high heart rate,” Carolyn explained.  “My normal resting heart rate was 65.  My target (exercise) heart rate was 135.”  One day Carolyn’s heart starting running in the 200s, “The highest I ever saw my heart go was 235.” 

Carolyn went to see her primary care doctor and after some testing her doctor discovered calcium on her heart.  “I tried all sorts of different medicines, but nothing seemed to work,” Carolyn said.  Her treatments quickly advanced to a treatment known as *cardiac ablation.

Carolyn and her husband began traveling to Chicago, Philadelphia and eventually Cleveland.  The 13th ablation treatment finally worked.    Nonetheless, during one of the 13 treatments they hit the natural sinus node in her heart (which is the natural pace maker).  The result: Carolyn now has an artificial pace maker.

To further complicate Carolyn’s road to recovery, a couple years into her heart treatments she was diagnosed with breast cancer, “I was very blessed they found it early, but I remember thinking ‘we haven’t figured out the heart yet’.”   Carolyn underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction.    “After we conquered cancer I was back to figuring out the heart because I was still having problems…  A doctor in Denver diagnosed me with POTS syndrome.  POTS syndrome means when I exercise my blood pressure drops.” 

To Carolyn’s dismay she was recognizing she needed a new hobby.  “When I first realized that my running was done, it was tough.  I kept it inside and didn’t want other people to see it (the struggle).  It was also tough on my husband…he was always there for me, but it’s hard when you don’t get the results you want,” she said.

“I needed a new sport,” Carolyn explained. “I wanted to try golf but first I needed to go see a great doctor that could fix my shoulders.”  One shoulder was always bothering Carolyn when she swam, due to a bone spur that had been nagging at her for years, “That shoulder just needed cleaned up,” Carolyn said.   The other shoulder was injured due to a dog jerking too hard on a leash.   

Since Carolyn has a pace maker Dr. Cooney couldn’t order an MRI.   He proceeded with a thorough history and physical exam, “I was 80% sure her diagnoses was a labrum tear on one shoulder while her other shoulder needed an arthroscopic clean-up,” Dr. Cooney explained.  “I was confident I could repair her shoulders, so together Carolyn and I decided to move forward with the surgeries.  During the surgeries both diagnoses were confirmed and we anticipated a successful recovery.”

Carolyn had her shoulders operated on six months apart.  “My shoulders are working…  Dr. Cooney did an excellent job and he is an excellent doctor,” Carolyn said.  “If you do your exercises you get things accomplished,” she added.

“We aren’t golfing as much as I thought we would.  Instead we ride motorcycles and go on trips,” Carolyn said with a smile.

At the time of publication Carolyn was cancer free with a pacing heart and working shoulders.  She is currently exploring surgical options for her painful hips.  Carolyn’s advice to others who find themselves in the face of adversity, “It will get better…  time will heal.”

*Cardiac ablation is a procedure that can correct heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias). Ablation usually uses long, flexible tubes (catheters) inserted through a vein in your groin and threaded to your heart to correct structural problems in your heart that cause an arrhythmia.

Cardiac ablation works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm. In some cases, ablation prevents abnormal electrical signals from traveling through your heart and, thus, stops the arrhythmia.

Cardiac ablation is sometimes done through open-heart surgery, but it’s often done using catheters, making the procedure less invasive and shortening recovery times. (credit: Mayo Clinic Online)